Measurement of hemodynamics immediately after vaginal delivery in healthy pregnant women by electrical cardiometry

J Med Invest. 2019;66(1.2):75-80. doi: 10.2152/jmi.66.75.


Few reports have focused on hemodynamics around delivery in pregnant women because of the difficulty of continuous and noninvasive measurement. Electrical cardiometry allows noninvasive continuous monitoring of hemodynamics and has recently been used in non-pregnant subjects. We compared the use of electrical cardiometry versus transthoracic echocardiography in healthy pregnant women and evaluated hemodynamics immediately after vaginal delivery. In Study 1, electrical cardiometry and transthoracic echocardiography were used to measure cardiac output in 20 pregnant women with threatened premature delivery. A significant correlation was found between the two methods, with electrical cardiometry showing the higher cardiac output. In Study 2, heart rate, stroke volume, and cardiac output were continuously measured in 15 women during vaginal delivery up to 2 h postpartum. Cardiac output increased markedly because of an increased heart rate and stroke volume at the time of newborn delivery. The heart rate then immediately returned to baseline, while cardiac output remained elevated for at least 2 h after delivery because of a sustained high stroke volume. Electrical cardiometry was as readily available as transthoracic echocardiography for evaluating hemodynamics and allowed for continuous measurement during labor. High intrapartum cardiac output was sustained for at least 2 h after vaginal delivery. J. Med. Invest. 66 : 75-80, February, 2019.

Keywords: Electrical cardiometry; Hemodynamics; Parturition; Pregnancy; Vaginal delivery.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Delivery, Obstetric*
  • Echocardiography
  • Electric Impedance
  • Electrocardiography / methods*
  • Female
  • Hemodynamics / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy